October 10-11, 2017 | Marriott at Metro Center | Washington, DC

Speaker Information


Samantha Dravis, Senior Counsel and Associate Administrator in EPA’s Office of Policy, will address Regulatory Reform at ACA’s Coatings Industry Policy Summit.  Dravis is currently serving as EPA’s Regulatory Reform Officer. Prior to joining EPA, Dravis worked as President of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a 501(c)(4) public policy organization affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association. She has also previously served as Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House during the administration of President George W. Bush, as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dan Lungren of California, and as a litigation associate at the law firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister.

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) is currently serving his twelfth term in Congress representing Pennsylvania’s 14th District, which includes the city of Pittsburgh and communities in the western, southern, and eastern portions of Allegheny County and in northwestern Westmoreland County. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee — one of only four exclusive committees in the House —working to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil supplies through the development of new, more energy-efficient technology and alternative and renewable sources of energy.

Steve Bell is a senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, having previously served as senior director of economic policy. He worked on the staff of former Sen. Pete Domenici from 1974 to 1986, and then again from 1996 to 2009. Bell also served as communications director and later as a defense and energy budget analyst, and was responsible for issues related to the Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Rick May is staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Budget. In this role, he is responsible for assisting the Chairman in drafting the congressional budget resolution, managing a staff of 28 people, providing budgetary and policy advice. May previously served in this role under former Chairman John Kasich at a time when a Republican Congress, working with a Democrat president, crafted solutions that led to a balanced budget.

Bruce Evans is staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. He directs the Republican staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee in addressing federal pending matters and preparing the annual Appropriations bills. Evans’ previous experience includes serving as chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran; clerk of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee; staff director of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, and legislative assistant for Senators Slade Gorton and Frank Murkowski.

Remi Briand is vice president of Research & Development for Tnemec Company, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for managing R&D projects, performance testing and quality control of Tnemec products. Remi has over 30 years of experience in the research and development and manufacturing of high-performance coatings.


Robert Roop is vice president of Global Refinish Technology at Axalta Coating Systems (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) where he leads the company’s research and development and coatings technology for the global automotive refinish business. He is also responsible for technology strategy.  Roop holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University.

Phillip C. Yu is director of Corporate Science & Technology Initiatives at PPG Industries. In this role, he has successfully participated in identifying and validating new technologies, securing strategic partnerships, and capturing external funding to support R&D activities for PPG’s businesses. He also has responsibilities for the global analytical organization. Yu holds a Phillip received a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from Tufts University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau chief of RealClearPolitics and executive editor of RealClear Media Group. He is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include executive editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau chief for Reader’s Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. He was a 2007 fellow-in-residence at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and author.


Coatings Industry Leadership Award

 Rep. John Shimkus (R–IL) received ACA’s Coatings Industry Leadership Award during the Coatings Industry Policy Summit’s kickoff luncheon. ACA honored Rep. Shimkus for his leadership and diligent work in shepherding the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law. That act modernized the Toxic Substances Control Act (ACT), the nation’s reigning chemicals management law, to redress inefficiencies  and potential new and emerging public health risks associated with chemicals of concern.